Author: Michelle

So you want to start a blog, do you?

I’ve had a few blogs over the years.  All were the free kind with a very specific focus.  Like when I went to south america–my blog was more like a travelogue… travels to Europe– more travelogues.  So I’ve learned a thing or two about blogging.  I am still no...

Take me out to the ball game

My dad passed away in 2005, but the memories live on… Mostly through sport, and especially through baseball which I played in some form from age 5-25.  Happy Father’s Day to all the sport-loving and sport-sharing dads in the world. “Whooo!” my dad shouts, cheering loudly with the fans...

Communing with nature: hiking the Grand Canyon part 2

A twist on the popular saying: What goes down must come up. After two days of descending into the canyon, I could think of just one thing: it was time to go up… on an ankle that was most likely broken.  Fabulous. I was as rested, iced, compressed, [and...

Communing with nature at the Grand Canyon

It was twilight by the time I finally dropped my pack on the ground nearly twelve hours after my day had begun. My legs didn’t ache as bad as I anticipated and my neck and shoulders didn’t pinch the way I feared. Considering how nervous I was in the...

5 steps to survive taking an electric shower

2018 Michelle checking in here:  The electric shower is a scary occurrence in several areas of central/south America.  One one hand, I’m grateful for hot, flowing water; on the other hand, I was seriously scared for my life. BUT figuring out how to work this calamity was one of my greater...

New year, new life

I arrived without fanfare to South Carolina in December wearing the same clothes as when I left and carrying the same backpack. Instead of being bright and shiny like it was when I left, it was now covered in ground-in dirt and under the bus grease from the last...

Sliding through Suriname

Most people would struggle to place Suriname on a map, often even placing it on the wrong continent [I don’t know; it just sounds African]  Suriname is South America’s smallest country, and I’d wager that if I asked 10 people, at least 5 wouldn’t be able to point it...

Huffing and Puffing in Potosi

I am not a tea drinker, but I also don’t like taking medications. However, altitude sickness is no joke. And Diamox was not working. So, I bowed to pressure and tried the local cure for altitude sickness…coca leaves.  At first, the idea of buying coca leaves seems almost rebellious....

Sailing the high ‘seas’ of Lake Titicaca

I am known for being *somewhat* spontaneous at times.  Other times I suffer from an the lack of ability to make a decision as simple as what I want for dinner.  What can I say, I’m a study in contradictions After a spontaneous 100 km trek to Machu Picchu,...

Exploring Arequipa over a weekend

Exploring Arequipa Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru with approximately 1 million city-dwellers, was formed by Spaniards in the 1500’s after conquering the Incas. As you enter the Plaza de Armas at the heart of Arequipa, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into time and place outside of modern...